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The mere mention of South Africa in a discussion provokes deep images of institutional racism, discrimination and horrific violence.
A British woman who rushed to her husband’s aid while he scuffled with a home invader said on Thursday that she would not be intimidated by robbers.
The couple took on a burglar after a confrontation in the kitchen of their Waterfall holiday home – a fight which played out through most of the house.
Seventy-six percent of people in SA used to feel the country was going in the right direction from the early years after 1994, but now just 42% think so.
The chair of the tax commission said greater levels of corruption mean greater chances of a tax revolt.
Yesterday, chair of the tax commission Judge Dennis Davis said there was a risk of a tax revolt because so much money was wasted on corruption.
Those who have been through crisis points in their lives know that the first step to recovery is admitting there is problem, that the situation is unmanageable. The paradox is that only after such utter surrender can the solutions begin. There are reminders everywhere.1 I had a couple this week that the Zuma Administration is some way from grasping reality. One was a passionate soccer administrator who tried to explain away the $10m bribe SA paid FIFA officials to host the 2010 World Cup. Another is recently appointed Eskom chief Brian Molefe’s emotive defence of the indefensible Russian nuclear power project that threatens to bankrupt SA (but enrich the already enriched). RW Johnson’s explains in some detail in his classic How Long Can SA Survive that the end of Apartheid was engineered abroad. Hopefully international pressure will play a similar, desperately required job of sobering those who desperately need it. Here’s a precis of what the British are reading about South Africa in the influential Times of London this morning. – Alec Hogg
While digging around on the web yesterday, I came across some fascinating data compiled by global network news channel CNN. The Atlanta-based team scoured through Government accounts to compare salaries paid to heads of State.
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Farm attacks showed how criminality in South Africa was engulfing its citizens, the SA Human Rights Commission said on Thursday.
Since the start of the year, there have been 148 farm attacks, with 33 murders taking place.